NOT SOON ENOUGH JUNIOR
JESSE’S BACK AND HE’S GOT BRAKES THIS TIME
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