September 08, 2010 10:30am EST
The Beetlejuice star, who fell and died at his home in Alabama, didn't land the part but the fact that casting directors considered him at all gave him a huge boost.
In his final interview with BlogTalkRadio.com, the 58 year old revealed all about how thrilled he was to almost become the Twilight actor's co-star in Water For Elephants.
Shadix, who retired from showbusiness in 2005 and had only filmed cameos in low-budget projects over the last few years, said, "Whatever happens happens, but at least they saw my work.
"I've been on a sabbatical and I've done a couple of films since I've been in Alabama - I'm doing one on Maui. I'm going again in the summer and (Fox called) out of the blue, and I did two screen tests for two different roles.
"I'm real glad that they thought of me. I've been out of Hollywood for five years, and people think you're dead! I was glad to let them know that I wasn't, and I was pleased with the (screen) test."
The wheelchair-bound 58 year old, who played decorator Otho in Tim Burton's hit film, banged his head in the fall - and that killed him, according to his sister Susan Gagne.
In a statement she says, "He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair. It looks like he fell and hit his head in the kitchen, and that's the cause of death."
Shadix was a regular in Burton films - he was among the cast of Planet of the Apes and voiced The Mayor in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
He retired from acting in 2006.