Hollywood actor Will Smith has stepped in help his pal TERRENCE HOWARD showcase his acclaimed movie Hustle and Flow to industry professionals, as the new awards season approaches.

While Smith doesn't appear in the movie, which features Howard as a pimp vying for a new career as a rapper, he's organised and will host screenings of the film in Los Angeles on Friday (02DEC05).

After he introduces the second show, Smith and Howard will make their way to Beverly Hills, where the HITCH star will moderate a question and answer session following a screening for invited professionals.

Smith's publicist Pat Kingsley explains of the actor's decision to help out, "Will felt it was a wonderful showcase for Terrence and he wanted to help give it as much exposure as possible."