NOT SOON ENOUGH JU­NIOR

JESSE’S BACK AND HE’S GOT BRAKES THIS TIME

Pasmag (USA) - - FEATURE - Story by Micky Slinger Pho­tog­ra­phy by Gabriel Se­vi­gny

WHILE FAST & FU­RI­OUS FILMS HAVE AL­WAYS SHARED THE THEME OF FAM­ILY AT THEIR CORE, IT SEEMS THAT THERE’S ONE MEM­BER OF THAT FAM­ILY THAT HAS BEEN CON­SIS­TENTLY LEFT OUT: JESSE. RE­MEM­BER THE DORKY UP­START THAT TOOK CARE OF DE­SIGN­ING AND TUN­ING CARS ON HIS COM­PUTER AT TORETTO’S SHOP? YOU KNOW, THE ONE WHO BET HIS FA­THER’S JETTA IN A RACE WARS RACE AGAINST JOHNNY TRAN’S S2000 AND IN­SPIRED TWO MEMES AT ONCE: A JETTA WITH NO BRAKES AND “TOO SOON, JU­NIOR!”

AS THOSE of you who will re­mem­ber, there is a big rea­son why Jesse has never re­turned to the fran­chise. He’s dead. Show­ing up at the wrong place at the wrong time, he pulled up in a panic out front of the “Fast House” af­ter run­ning away from his lost race for pinks, just as Tran and his cousin did a dirt bike drive-by, miss­ing ev­ery­one at the house but him.

Now, this is Hol­ly­wood and Fast & Fu­ri­ous we’re talk­ing about here; if any­one can bring Jesse back from the dead, it would be that combo. Maybe he could re­turn in a tech-savvy way, by way of his char­ac­ter, and come back as the fran­chise’s first cy­borg ad­di­tion to the crew, or even have his con­scious­ness up­loaded into the Jetta’s ECU just sec­onds be­fore his death to be­come a wise­crack­ing, driv­able mem­ber of the Fast Fam­ily. Just a cou­ple ideas. Give me a ring, Uni­ver­sal.

Back to present day, and #BRINGBACK­JESSE has ex­ploded across so­cial me­dia, get­ting Chad Lind­berg, the ac­tor who por­trayed Jesse, swept up in the hype. Notic­ing that a near-per­fect replica of the green ’95 Eclipse had also picked up a lot of trac­tion on­line, gears started turn­ing in Lind­berg’s head, which led to the builder of the Eclipse get­ting a call from Jesse him­self.

“Af­ter be­ing seen all over so­cial me­dia for my Fast & Fu­ri­ous Eclipse build, ac­tor Chad Lind­berg got in touch with me and asked me to build the car he was driv­ing in the orig­i­nal Fast & Fu­ri­ous he played in,” Do­minic Dubreuil says ex­cit­edly. “It was an op­por­tu­nity I couldn’t refuse!”

When The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous came out in 2001, Dubreuil was al­ready el­bow-deep in Hon­das, swap­ping B18Bs into EF Civics, which would then snow­ball into time at­tack, car shows, Subarus, and even­tu­ally VWs and Porsches. In 2015, he de­cided

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