There are lots of right ways for aspiring actors to get noticed in Hollywood, and Jussie Smollett had to choose the wrong one.

Smollett, who played a musician in the Fox drama series "Empire," was indicted on Feb. 20 for disorderly conduct after he paid two Nigerian-American brothers to stage a fake hate crime assault on him. He later filed a false police report about the staged incident.

It now turns out the 911 call to the cops reporting the fake crime wasn’t made by Smollett himself but by his creative manager, Frank Gatson. 

Gatson made two 911 calls on Jan. 29. The first call lasting three minutes was made at 2:22 a.m., or 20 minutes after Smollett says he was allegedly attacked by two pro-Trump goons on a desolate and snow-covered Chicago street.

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) released the transcript of the first call after a request for it was made by the newspaper, The New York Post, under the Freedom of Information Act.

“I work with an artist -- I don’t really want to say his name -- but he states that [redaction] he went to Subway he was walking by and some guys somebody jumped him or something like that, and I just want to report it and make sure that he’s alright,” said Gatson during the 911 call.

When asked by the 911 operator why Smollett himself wasn’t calling, Gatson replied, “He was cool. He didn’t want me to call you guys.”

The operator told Gatson Smollett is the only one that can file a police report about the incident.

“He’s definitely gonna make the report. I’m gonna make him make the report,” said Gatson, who also said Smollett didn’t require medical attention.

“I just think he’s startled. I’m scared and I don’t know what it is -- They put a noose around his neck. They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f–ked up to me -- sorry for saying it like that,” said Gatson.

The operator said she’d call the CPD. Gatson called back at 2:38 a.m. to complain CPD cops hadn’t arrived.

“I reported I’ve been waiting on the police,” he said. “I thought they’d be here by now.”

The cops arrived and Gatson then hung-up.

Jussie Smollett Actor Jussie Smollett leaves Leighton Criminal Courthouse after his court appearance on March 14, 2019 in Chicago. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

In his statement to the police, Smollett said he was attacked by two men who threw a noose around his neck and tossed bleach on him. His attackers shouted, “This is MAGA country.”

Smollett’s story was proven to be a lie when cops presented a pair of Nigerian brothers who said Smollett paid them to stage the attack.

Smollett was then arrested for filing false police reports. But in a confounding twist that still rankles cops to this day, Chicago prosecutors later dropped the charges against Smollett in March.

Smollett's defense team reached a deal with city prosecutors on March 26, in which all charges were dropped in return for Smollett performing community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond. The FBI is investigating why this came about.