On the plaza

Ryan Reynolds, anchors compete in ‘Turbo’ race

July 9, 2013 at 8:27 AM ET

Video: In honor of Ryan Reynolds’ upcoming film “Turbo,” he challenges the TODAY anchors to a skee-ball race starring the movie’s speedy snails.

Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming animated film "Turbo," stopped by the TODAY plaza Tuesday morning for a friendly (and gigantic!) game of skee ball against Matt, Savannah, Natalie and Willie.

The competition heated up Monday night (see below: Snoop Dogg tweeted Matt!) as fans predicted which snail would win using the hashtags #TurboMatt, #TurboSavannah, #TurboRyan, #TurboNatalie and #TurboWillie on Twitter.

And while Matt was the fan favorite (thanks to Snoop's help, Savannah argued), it was Ryan who won the vertical race.

NBC Sports commentator Leigh Diffey called the neck-and-neck competition. Ryan's Turbo snail started in the lead, but soon Willie's Burn was giving him a run for his money. Fan favorite Smoove Move, powered by Matt's skee ball skills, eventually took the lead and nearly won.

That is, until Ryan hit the Turbo button, launching his snail ahead of the pack and across the finish line.

Matt called Ryan out immediately on his smooth move: "You brought out the Turbo on morning TV!"

“In my defense," Ryan argued. "The film is called ‘Turbo,’ not ‘Matt Lauer.’ I had to win!”

Take a look at Tuesday's plaza action:

Promotional consideration furnishedby DreamWorks Animation.

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